Japanese Snacks as Nail Art?! Introducing Umaibo Nails!

Japanese Snacks as Nail Art?! Introducing Umaibo Nails!

These Umaibo nails, using the snack Umaibo as nail art, have become a hot topic.

Since their release in 1979, the cylindrical snack Umaibo has boasted a consistent popularity. A wide variety of flavors are available from the so-called “royal road” flavors like corn potage, cheese, and salami to unique flavors like mentai, natto, and limited region-specific flavors.

Those Umaibo were transformed into nail art by a gyaru and nailist!

*Translation: Tada~! Umaibo nails~♥️ The second set of unique nails by Sonouchi and Mirukusu!・:+.\(( °ω° ))/.:+*

Really, who could imagine Umaibo as nail art?! It’s a truly astonishing concept. Moreover, be sure to notice the quality. Applied to each finger is a different flavor of Umaibo. Furthermore, you can also see the shape of the snacks inside, and the color of each snack is faithfully recreated according to their flavor. “Umai” and “bo” are both also printed onto the packaging!!

These were introduced as the second unique nail art set by a member of the nationwide tsuyome kuro (dark-skinned) gyaru group Black Diamond, Mirukusu, and the nailist Kana Sunouchi. Tokyo Otaku Mode had an e-mail interview with Mirukusu and asked her for details about creating the Umaibo nail art and how long the process took.

ーーPlease tell us what made you think, “I want to make Umaibo into nails!”

Mirukusu: Because some people like super long nails or over-the-top nails, but I don’t think anyone’s done or will do Umaibo. Basically I wanted to do something I didn’t think anyone else would.

ーーHow long did the nail application process take, and which flavor from your Umaibo nails is your favorite?

M: It took four hours for my hands and feet. The nailist made them two days before I went. The concept began half a year ago, and we started the actual back-and-forth a month ago where we decided on things. Personally, for eating, I like mentaiko♡♡

The conception of these Umaibo nails began half a year ago, and work by the nailist to actually create them began two days prior to the application, and through this careful preparation, the high quality of these Umaibo nails was realized. You can feel the fighting spirit behind these nails…!

Finally, in response to the question of what kind of nail challenge she’d like to try next, she answered, “I’m going to think of nails that’ll surprise everyone even more!” Look forward to the next work by Mirukusu, who describes nail art as the “ultimate art for enchanting from your fingertips.”

Mirukusu is also currently a participating staff member at Shibuya’s Ganguro Cafe! Why not visit Japan’s ganguro gyaru and the Umaibo nails?

Relevant Links
Mirukusu’s Twitter
Black Diamond
Ganguro Cafe

This is a Tokyo Otaku Mode original article.

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